French Guiana – located in the northeast of the continent – is not a country but an overseas department of France.|
Think wine and cheese.
Anything else? Coen and I didn’t think so.
However, French Guiana turned out to be one of the surprises on our journey. ‘Diversity’ sums it up pretty accurately.
We stumbled upon numerous hiking trails where we saw monkeys, sloths, butterflies, tiny yet intriguing crawly creatures (although a tarantula is not exactly tiny) and fabulous places to rough camp. Cayenne is a laid-back capital with well-kept historic buildings, in Kourou we visited Europe’s space center and watched a rocket launch, and then there was the intriguing history about the French penal colonies described by Henri Charriere in Papillon. And, like on the rest of the continent, we met friendly people willing to give us a helping hand, invite us for a drink, share some time together.
With a bit of planning, rough camping and doing our own cooking we didn’t have to rob a bank. And yes, we did enjoy that wine and cheese. Oh, and chocolate. More on that below.
We stayed for weeks and have happily returned several times since. Let me share some of the highlights with you.
To learn more: Matador Network published 2 articles of mine on French Guiana Travel:
Images are by my partner Coen Wubbels.